Coronavirus New YorkSaez back in saddle at Spa, gets one winnerDecember 31, 1969Publisher On the seventh day, Luis Saez rode. The 28-year-old jockey was cleared to ride after he tested negative — twice — for the coronavirus. And here he was at Saratoga Race Course on Friday, the seventh day of the 40-day meet. He rode in five races. “I am just glad to be here now,” Saez said after the second race, where he finished fifth aboard 8-1 Movie Score. “It was a little tough (being out) but everything happens for a reason. I give thanks to God I am here now. I couldn’t wait to be here, you know” Before being cleared to return to ride, he had to produce a negative coronavirus test and be cleared by a physician. He did admit that when he went for his new tests — it was his decision to get two tests — he was more than nervous but relieved when he got the clean bill of health. “I wanted to make sure,” Saez said. “That’s why I did it twice.” He had one winner on Friday, bringing Cerretalto (9-2) past the finish line first for trainer James Bond in the eighth race. 1of4Jockey Luis Saez rides Movie Score on his first day back after a Corona Virus quarantine before riding at the Saratoga Race Course Friday July 24, 2020 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Photo by Skip Dickstein/Special to the Times Union.Skip Dickstein 2of4Jockey Luis Saez speaks to the media on his first day back after a Corona Virus quarantine before riding Friday July 24, 2020 at the Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Photo by Skip Dickstein/Special to the Times Union.Skip Dickstein 3of4Jockey Luis Saez holds his tack after riding Movie Score on his first day back after a Corona Virus quarantine before riding at the Saratoga Race Course Friday July 24, 2020 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Photo by Skip Dickstein/Special to the Times Union.Skip Dickstein 4of4Jockey Luis Saez speaks to the media on his first day back after a Corona Virus quarantine before riding at the Saratoga Race Course Friday July 24, 2020 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Photo by Skip Dickstein/Special to the Times Union.Skip Dickstein Saez’s coronavirus test of July 9 came back positive and he got the results while riding at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky. He was taken off all his mounts after the second race that day and began a self-quarantine when he got home to Long Island. He said he was told by the New York Racing Association to stay in isolation for 14 days. Saez was among a group of prominent riders who tested positive after traveling to different tracks earlier this month. In a span of a week, Saez rode at Belmont Park, Los Alamitos in California, Indiana Grand and Keeneland. The 28-year-old Saez is the regular rider for Maximum Security, the horse infamously disqualified after winning the Kentucky Derby last year. Maximum Security is scheduled to make his first start since winning the Saudi Cup on Feb. 29 for new trainer Bob Baffert in the San Diego at Del Mar in California on Saturday. If Saez would have left Saratoga for California, he would not be allowed to return to ride. NYRA protocols for the jockeys state than any rider who leaves here for another track will not be allowed to return because of concerns about the coronavirus. And riders at other tracks are not permitted to come to Saratoga to ride. “It’s so disappointing,” he said about missing the ride on Maximum Security. “But I understand. I hope (coronavirus) is over pretty soon.” He said despite testing positive, he never felt sick during his quarantine. Ready for the Whitney: Tom’s d’Etat, who will be one of the favorites for next Saturday’s Grade I, $750,000 Whitney, had his final workout for the race on Friday. With regular rider Joel Rosario in the saddle, he went a half-mile in 48.22 seconds. “It went well,” trainer Al Stall said outside his barn on the backstretch after the work. “It was executed perfectly, The jock was happy and I was happy. Tom will do whatever you want him to do. We let him know he is in the game and (Rosario) let him gallop out a little bit, which he is always willing to do.” The 7-year-old Tom’s d’Etat has won both his starts this year, the most recent an impressive 4 1/4-length win in the Grade II Stephen Foster at Churchill Downs on June 27. For his career, he has 11 wins in 17 starts on dirt. Tom’s d’Etat has won three times in four starts at Saratoga over his career, including a win in the ungraded Alydar last summer. He was also fourth in the Grade I Woodward. Since that race, he has won four straight starts. Among those expected to challenge Tom d’Etat in the Whitney are Code of Honor, last year’s Travers winner, and By My Standards, who was second in the Stephen Foster. Also under consideration are McKinzie, who won the Whitney last year, Suburban winner Tacitus and Owendale, who was fifth in the Stephen Foster. Quick Call: Trainer Linda Rice won her second race of the day Friday — giving her six on the young season — when Turned Aside won the featured $100,000 Grade III Quick Call for 3-year-olds going 5 1/2 furlongs on the Mellon turf course. Ridden by Jose Lezcano, who also had two wins Friday, Turned Aside won for the third time in seven starts on grass. The 2-1 second choice in the field of six covered the distance in 1:01.99 and paid $6.50, $3.90 and $2.90. Turned Aside won his first stakes race and finally got the best of Jack and Noah, who was the 4-5 Quick Call favorite. Jack and Noah, who does his best running on the lead, had won the three prior meetings with Turned Aside. “We felt if we didn’t engage early, we were just going to hand it over to Jack and Noah, ” Rice said. “And we’ve done that enough already.” Turned Aside took over the race in the stretch and drew away to a 1 1/4-length win. Old Chestnut rallied to finish second for jockey Junior Alvarado and trainer Mark Casse, who also saddled Jack and Noah. 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